October 22, 2014

European recycling group formed

The European Ferrous Recovery and Recycling Federation (EFR), the European Recovered Paper Association (ERPA) and the European Metal Trade and Recycling Federation (EUROMETREC) have established the European Recycling Industries’ Confederation (EuRIC). The new association, based in Brussels, will act as the umbrella organization for the European recycling industry. Its goal will be to promote the efforts of recycling companies operating throughout Europe.

Dominique Maguin, a long-time recycler, was elected president of EuRIC. Elected as vice presidents of the organization are Alicia Garcia-Franco, director general of the Spanish Federation of Recovery and Recycling (FER); and Ian Hetherington, director general of the British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA).

Maguin, who has been the CEO of a recycling company for close to 40 years, has held a number of key positions in both French and international recycling organizations. “This is an important step in the recycling industry that deserves a strong voice and a joint office in Brussels. The recycling companies are the key figures of a circular economy. They contribute to sustainable economic growth and better environmental protection by gaining valuable resources from waste, while creating employment. We are therefore pleased to be working closely with the EU institutions and relevant stakeholders,” says Maguin.

EuRIC’s board of directors will comprise representatives of various national recycling associations in Europe, including Germany’s Federal Association for Secondary Raw Materials and Waste Association (bvse) and representatives of the French association of recycling enterprises (Federec), the Spanish Association for recycling paper and cardboard (REPACAR), the Hungarian Recycling Association (HOE) and recycling companies in Finland, Denmark and Spain.

National associations and stakeholders that are represented in EuRIC are present in 17 European Union and European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries and contribute to a considerable part of the recycling activities in Europe.

Source: recycling today

RTGE Staff

OCTOBER 22, 2014